Hanson’s EcoPlus concrete helps reduce embodied CO2

Hanson has launched a new range of quality concretes designed to reduce the CO2 emissions associated with construction projects.

The EcoPlus range contains Hanson Regen, a sustainable substitute for ordinary Portland cement in concrete.

Regen is a ground granulated blastfurnace slag (GGBS) – a by-product of the iron-making industry – and can replace up to 70 per cent of the ordinary cement content. Replacing one tonne of Portland cement with one tonne of Regen in EcoPlus concrete reduces the embodied CO2 by around 850kg*.

Paul Lacey, Hanson’s head of sustainability and marketing, said: “EcoPlus is designed to help engineers, specifiers and contractors meet current and future environmental legislation.

“Our online carbon calculator shows the CO2 savings that can be made by specifying one of our eight standard EcoPlus mixes, which are suitable for foundations, pavements and structural projects. We can also design and supply bespoke mixes.”

Using Regen in EcoPlus also improves the durability of structures, particularly where sulphates and chlorides are an issue, and gives a lighter, more aesthetically pleasing colour to the concrete.

For further information visit www.hanson.com/uk/ecoplus.

* This figure has been calculated using published values found in the Mineral Products Association fact sheet 18 (Embodied CO2 of UK cement and cementitious material).

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